We’ve heard from a lot of you that while you wish you were more organized, you just don’t have the time to dedicate to doing it. There’s nothing odd about that! We all have busy lives that keep us from focusing on organization in one way or another.
HGTV has done us all a favor, and has posted a few quick everyday organization solutions on their website. These steps are all simple fixes that should take just about 15 minutes each, but will get you going in the right direction.
1. Set Goals
Make a room-by-room list of what you want to accomplish in the next eight weeks. A list for your family room, for example, could include alphabetizing video tapes, corralling magazines and designating a space for the remote.
2. Define “Organization”
Organization means different things to different people. It might be a home where everything is accessible at your fingertips, but out of sight. Or, it might be a desk loaded with piles and stacks (organized, of course).
- What works in the room?
- What doesn’t work in the room?
- What items are essential?
- Why do I want to get organized?
- What’s the cause of my clutter?
3. Find ways to Remind Yourself
You’ve made a list of organizational goals… and promptly lost it. Enlist a spouse, relative, friend or coworker to help you remember — and remind you about — your goals. Sometimes all you need is a friendly reminder to keep your organizational efforts on track. If you’re the type of person who balks at such “motivation,” make a copy of your list and keep it in two prominent places in your home where you’ll look at it every day.
4. Seek Professional Help
If the thought of organizing gives you an ulcer, a professional organizer might be in order. A professional can identify problems and solutions you might be unaware of, gently guiding you toward more organized systems and spaces for your home.